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The Coaching Pyramid

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The Coaching Pyramid

The pyramid is one way to look at the coaching activities that offer some insights into the profile of those being coached.

Why is coaching a worthwhile activity with high popularity as a profession?

Many want to do it and some do it so well that their services are in high demand that people are willing to subject themselves to a level of vulnerability that they would only do with a doctor in normal circumstances. Why do we share our feelings with a stranger with someone we address with the title of Dr?

I speculate there are three reasons.

The person is a doctor which is a recognised credential from recognised medical institutions.

We are in pains and discomfort that are unbearable or make us fearful that our conditions may not improve or get worst if not addressed.

We want relief.

There is no far-fetched claim that coaches are doctors. The comparison is useful when it is used to highlight that coaches don’t focus on themselves but on the persons they are coaching. The main difference is that coaching relies on self-diagnosis and personal accountability from the people they coach. There are no thermometers to inform of high temperatures. No x-ray machines to detect fractures. No ultra-sound equipment to show us the internals. No medicine or operating table.

The coaches lack the resources from industries like pharmaceuticals or government agencies that are well funded to produce “solutions” for the health problems of people who want help.

In the coaching profession, the only tool is the coaching session in which there are some dynamics in play. First, coaches must believe that people can solve their own problems. Second, the persons being coached must want to know their problems or at least be aware of their own ability to do something. Lastly, the persons being coached must want to take action.

The coaching pyramid depicts the two basic types of coaching sessions – professional coaching sessions and practice activities.

The professional sessions focus on the problems and outcomes for the client. The International Coach Federation (ICF) defines coaching as a formal relationship between a coach and a client. It is a relationship that involves confidentiality, ethical behaviours, and conversations with the sole purpose of empowering the client to take action in solving their problems.

The practice sessions are activities that prospective coaches use to practise and develop their coaching skills. There are the peer coaching sessions that the coach-instructors use to guide their students on the use of conversations and communication techniques in the development of a coaching tool kit.

During the early stage of a coach’s professional development, the accumulated hours of the coaching sessions are used to gain credentials from institutions that require a certain number of coaching hours in the issuing of different levels of credentials. For example, coaches must have 100 coaching hours to be eligible to apply for the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credential and 500 hours for the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) recognition.

At the base of the coaching pyramid, we have many coaches who engage in Peer Coaching to develop their skills and gain experience to build up their coaching capabilities. This is an important and necessary part of a coach’s development journey.

Moving up from the base of the coaching pyramid, there are three types of coaching activities. Community Coaching is when the session is not a paid one. The coaches do it on the pro-bono basis. It is important to note that although there is no financial consideration, the professional standards of practice expected of the coaches remain. The clients in community coaching are people with real problems that require attention and solutions.

Further up the pyramid, we have an area that is best described as Sponsored Coaching – which is a situation where the coaching sessions are paid one and the payment are not from the clients but by sponsors who want to support people who may benefit from the coaching sessions by professionals.

At the apex of the coaching pyramid, we have what we describe here as Enterprise Coaching; which simply means that clients are people with the ability to pay for the services of professional coaches.

The professional levels of coaching – whether they are community, sponsored or enterprise in context, are where most coaches aspire to be doing. And coaching at these levels requires high standards of confidentiality, ethics and responsibility towards the people being coached.

To find out more information about the professional coaching journey, you may contact one of our career advisors at enquiry@careerexcellence.com.sg

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What to look our for when hiring a Career Coach

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What to look our for when hiring a Career Coach

“Am I satisfied with my career?”

” Should I hire a Career Coach?”

What to look out for when hiring a Career Coach?”

If you are dissatisfied with your current position or you desire a boost in your career, hiring a career coaching service just might be one of the best decisions you will make in your life.

With the many Career Coaches we have in Singapore, it might be a quite a task to know the right career coach to hire.

So, we decided to put together a list of essential traits you should look out for below.

1. You Career Coach will set your goals WITH you.

The right career coach will first sit with you to define and identify clearly what your career goals are. Your career coach is not responsible for coming up with goals for you but WITH you. The use of a worksheet combined with clearly stating out your career goals is one of the best ways to critically consider your career path and where you would like to be in 5 or 10 years. The career coach you hire should also be able to state the tools to be used for achieving the coaching goals.

2. The coach has to be able to develop a rapport with you.

In order for the career coaching session to be effective, it requires the coach to establish a good working relationship between the coach and the coachee. You have to trust that you are in good hands, and this is one of the major elements that build on the foundations of career coaching. It takes a lot of time and practice for the career coach to develop the required communication skills to be a great coach. Therefore, some coaches who are more experienced as a result tend to quote a higher rate, sometimes up to thousands per hour.

3. The Career Coach must exhibit some traits that match your career desire

It takes a person with vast knowledge and skills in music to accurately teach music, the same way your career coach must be someone who has better knowledge than you on how to balance career opportunities with your skills, values, and passion. Your career coach must be able to relate to your career challenges and work with you to overcome the challenges that you may be facing. We advise hiring the services of a career coach who possesses attributes you would love to model after.

4. A Recognised Career Coaching Qualification

The career coaching industry like other industries has levels of qualifications by which organizations work. Before you hire a career coach, it would be good to first check if he/she has a career coaching certification that is widely recognised. One of the world-leading Coaching Institutions to look our for would be the International Coach Federation (ICF). Read more here: https://coachfederation.org/

In Conclusion,

The future of your career is very important, and the career coach that you engage plays a big part in shaping the outcome of your career. We hope that this article could aid you better in your search for a career coach.  For a start, any of the career coaches that are able to meet the criteria above will undoubtedly be of great help to you. Time to start looking!

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How to be a Good Career Coach

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Career coaching Singapore has now become “a thing” these days, with a lot of career coaches scattered in different corners.

The reason for the rise of many career coaches is nothing other than the fact that many individuals see it as a quick source of income. Often, you would hear individuals who intend to start a career in the field as questions like “how well do you get paying clients?” Questions like this make us wonder if anything we humans would do must always be about money.

Though we have many career coaches, only a few of them have the passion to help lives let alone get skills training or think of career coaching certification – in order to execute their responsibilities perfectly.

Career coaching ought to be about connecting the skills training, personality, values, and distinct interests of an individual with the available opportunities in order to get a job he/she loves.

If you are passionate about being a good career coach, we have a number of tips for you below. These tips will guide you into becoming an excellent career coach.

1. Save money

You might be wondering what saving money has to do with career coaching, but it has everything to do with saving money. The reason is that career coaching is a business, and like every business, it runs on the wings of money. The money saved would be used to cater for things like getting career coaching certification for yourself, personal development, building a good online presence for your business, marketing your business, attending conferences, advertisement, and many more.

2. Get Certified with a Career Coaching Certification

Taking up a profession where you shoulder the responsibility of empowering people with your knowledge demands a level of preparation from you. Professional development is one of the most enjoyable parts of career coaching. You get to learn from experts and experienced coaches. You can enroll here to get your career coaching certification.

3. Patiently build your brand

Career coaching, like every other, requires patience, don’t expect clients to begin to flow to you like rivers just because you have a website or career the title “Career Coach”. You need to patiently build your brand. Building your brand will cost you some money, but you must be willing to spend it because it is an investment that will definitely pay off. Get every necessary professional development for yourself, create good content for your website, and you can use SEO (Search Engine Optimization) as well.

4. Identify your niche

Different career coaching services exist so you must be able to stand out amongst them all. Like I mentioned earlier, the market is already saturated hence, a need for you to be distinct, and not just do what others are doing.

I believe you would find all the tips I mentioned above helpful if you desire to start career coaching. First of all, be sure that you are not entering the field for the gain you will make, but based on your passion to help others, and I can assure you that you would succeed.

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